Ever a man of the people, our very own James (Jaim-o) Williams allowed himself to be interviewed on camera during his bus ride to practice a few years ago. My only regret is not finding this gem until now!
PS James will be fencing at Fencing Masters on June 26 in NYC. Tickets: www.fencingmastersnyc.com
Check out my fan page on FB right now for an offer to get a free ticket! www.facebook.com/timmorehouseusa
My teammate Daryl Homer took home the gold with James Williams 2nd and myself 3rd. All three of us train at Manhattan Fencing Center under Yury Gelman. Jeff Spear was also 3rd from the NYAC.
This was tournament was the start of the 2nd half of Olympic qualification. We compete again in Portland, Oregon in January and then move on the world cups.
Here we go! GO TEAM USA! Wish us LUCK!
PRESS RELEASE ON EVENT:
From June 24 to June 26, 2010, the New York Athletic Club will partner with the US Fencing Association and the World Fencing Federation, to host one of only ten international Olympic Qualification events for London 2012. All matches will be held at the New York Athletic Club’s venerable location on Central Park South.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and the top ranked fencer in the world Mariel Zagunis, 2008 Olympic silver medalists James Williams and Tim Morehouse, and the rest of the US team will compete for spots on the 2012 US Olympic Team. The competition will also feature hundreds of the best fencers in the world and Olympic hopefuls from over 30 countries for individual and team qualification events. This is the first time a fencing world cup will be held at the New York Athletic Club since the 1980s and is the first international Olympic qualification event for any sport ever to be held at the club.
FOR MORE INFO: NYAC.Fencing.Club@gmail.com
or at US Fencing Website: www.usfencing.org
US Olympian James Williams (right) fencing against Lapkes of Belarus (left) in the round of 64.
Pictures by Hugo Diaz-Reganon.
Moscow, Russia — In the final world cup before Olympic qualification kicks off, team USA men’s saber finished 6th. The team, consisting of Tim Morehouse, James Williams, Daryl Homer and Jeff Spear, defeated Ukraine 45-43 to advance to the top-8, before falling to Italy to make the top-4, 45-38. The team then defeated Olympic zonal rival Canada 45-42 in a very tough match. The day ended with a loss to Romania and a 6th place finish.
James Williams followed up on his top-8 performance in the individual with strong fencing in the team, although against Canada he turned his ankle badly and was forced to the bench for the final round.
The next time team USA takes the piste at a world cup at the end of April it will count for London 2012 qualification! Will be a tough battle for the team, but looking forward to the challenge. The next competition is USA National Championships in mid-April.
** A big change will also be announced soon to the USA Olympic qualification system for the London 2012 team…more to come on this!
** Ben Igoe was home resting after surgery on his ankle. He will be back in action at USA national championships.
We’ve just arrived in Padua, Italy for the second world cup of the season.
12 USA men’s saber fencers will be competing. I’ll be posting results as best I can from here!
The competition starts tomorrow with pools and DEs to the top-64. There will be a team event on Sunday.